I love romantic comedies. It’s pretty hard to find great romantic comedies in the cinemas nowadays. What we have in our cinemas are mostly action movies, sci-fi films, and the occasional horror flicks. Anyways, I was browsing through for some movies to watch and I came across this movie called THE RIGHT KIND OF WRONG. It’s an unfamiliar movie to me because I have never heard of it but I was intrigued to find out what the movie was all about after reading the synopsis.
The movie is about a falling-out writer who has troubles bouncing his life back into game when his wife left him to pursue her career in writing – mostly about him. She becomes instantly famous because of her writings about him while he gets stuck in the rut washing dishes. Anyhow, one day, two kids came to his lawn to play when suddenly, he saw the girl of his dreams, in a white, beautiful wedding gown, about to enter the church. Instantly falling for her, the man of the hour, Leo Palamino, enters the church to witness her marriage to a handsome, tall, athletic, rich lawyer, but, that didn’t stop him from pursuing her. Along the way, you’ll see Leo embarking on a journey of self-belief, falling down, getting beaten up by high school kids, and falling head over heels for Colette. Will he be able to charm Colette and make her his?
What’s great about the movie is it starts off with the introduction of Leo as this failure of a guy that you will either hate or love. Leo (played by Ryan Kwanten) is a failing writer who has managed to only publish one book and since then has not yet started writing anything again. Leo is the epitome of failure, but he is not a loser. He finds solace in his simple job, living alone with his cat, and even when things are in the dump, he manages to pull himself back up again. Even with all the bad press his ex-wife is giving him (through a successful blog and book entitled “WHY YOU SUCK” – totally dedicated for Leo), he has his own way of surviving. Ryan Kwanten isn’t the most popular actor in Hollywood, but he sure did play a very convincing part of a struggling (yet witty) writer/dish-washer.
Colette (played by Sarah Canning) is a free-spirit, hippie-ish kinda woman who runs a tour company where she takes tourists through the uncharted paths. You’ll instantly see that her husband (played by Ryan Mcpartlin) and her are from two different worlds. She’s this simple girl who loves nature and the easy life while he comes from a rich family. So from the get-go, you’ll be able to tell that Leo’s more her kinda guy, but of course, that’s why movies like this are called romantic.
The cinematography of the movie was absolutely spectacular. Think of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty beautiful. Some scenes and settings were so breathtakingly beautiful that it made the movie more exciting to be watched. Honestly, if I could pack my bags and leave, the setting of the movie is probably where I’d like to go to.
The movie is pretty direct. Guy falls for a married woman, tries to win her over, and spectacular things happen along the way. There’s one metaphor used repeatedly in the movie which Leo uses as an excuse or a sign to pursue Colette: The Ghost Bear (which exists by the way, but they go by a different name: Kermode bear). Leo uses the Ghost Bear’s sightings he has as a sign that impossible things can happen (as per in the movie, getting a married girl to fall in love with you and leave her perfect husband).
As weirdly as it sounds, I don’t pity Leo in anyway though. He maybe down on his luck when it comes to a writing career, but failed writers make the best stories. Some of the monologue he has with himself is really endearing and real – Leo is a real character. He’s impossible to understand, and he has issues that only he knows how to solve, but boy is he an inspiration. He’s the epitome of the “go-getter”, someone who isn’t afraid of standing up for himself, someone who does not know shame, nor failure. He lives in the moment and I like a part in a movie where he said he loves washing dishes because it needs no commitment.
The movie didn’t garner a lot of positive reviews, but I like it none-the-less. It’s sweet in a twisted kinda way and I guess I have to thank Leo for being a lovable prick of a loser for getting me through the movie. Yeah sure it’s not good to pursue a married person no matter how hot they are, but this movie is more than just about Leo’s need for Colette’s love, but it is a movie about Leo’s survival against the world – and how he – in his own ways – become a survivor. The movie has some really great lines like:
“Writing a blog does not make you a writer.” (Ouch)
“Beautiful things that seem impossible happen everyday.”
“We’re all wrong for someone.”
I especially like the last line.